30 June 2017

Thank You for 41 Years

If you've been around here long enough, you know a few things that I love:

Clemson Football
Kiawah
Breweries
&
Riverbanks Zoo


The zoo in Columbia has always been one of my very favorite places to go. I can't remember the first time that I ever went there. I can't tell you the exact count of times that I've set foot there {but it's definitely in the several hundreds, including a visit last week}. I can't tell you the number of times that I've raved about this zoo to other people. But I can tell you that going there is the best. If you've been to Riverbanks, you get it. If you haven't, you might think I'm a little crazy because of how much I enjoy visiting and walking around there.

It has always been a special place to me, so you'll have to excuse me for a minute while I go on a trip down memory lane and bombard you with a few zoo pictures today. Satch Krantz, president & CEO & Head Monkey of Riverbanks for 41 years, is officially retiring at the end of the day.

I've been going to the zoo since I was little, but luckily for y'all, I've only got pictures from the digital age on my laptop ;)

... & mom to the rescue! She texted over this addition to the post:


Satch used to drive the zebra striped zoo van home sometimes and y'all, it was ALWAYS the highlight of my week. He'd drive the van home, load us up in it, and drive around the neighborhood. For five year old me, it was the best thing EVER, and it's quite possibly the reason I love the zoo so much now, ha.

Baby Lion, 2008

Lights at the Zoo, 2009

Zoofari, 2013

Zoofari, 2013

Zoofari, 2014

Zoofari, 2014

Rhythm & Blooms, May 2015 

Brew at the Zoo, 2015

 Brew at the Zoo, 2015

 Proposal, August 29, 2015

 Lunchtime visit to the zoo!



Zoofari, 2016


Thank you, Satch, for making Riverbanks Zoo into an incredible place. Thanks for a world class, award winning zoo; for all of the behind the scenes tours from baby lions to gorillas to sea lions; and for putting on fun events like Zoofari, Brew at the Zoo, and the wine tasting in the gardens.

Cheers to 41 years!

26 June 2017

Weekending in the Summer

Y'all.

I finally, finally, finally upgraded my Columbia Fireflies wardrobe and purchased another shirt that I could wear to games. There had been long debates about whether or not I should get the #34 Dash Winningham shirt {because he is my favorite player after all} or if I should get the #15 Tim Tebow shirt.

I went with the Tim Tebow shirt and was 100% happy with my decision.



6 days later, they announce that he's being pulled up and last night was his final game as a player for the Columbia Fireflies.


Welp. That was a perfectly time purchase, huh?

Other than the news of Tebow's departure, it was a great weekend. It was an unexpected one at home but it meant that we got to fit in some quality time with our friends. We went to a Fireflies baseball game Friday night and I, sensing that Tebow was leaving sooner than later, took advantage of some sweet seats behind home plate and snuck in a few pictures.


Saturday morning, Patrick and I checked out Soda City Market and walked away with a new piece of artwork for our house. This is one vendor that I always stop by when I'm at the market and I was one happy girl to walk away with something this weekend.


We got the pineapple painting below but it was a close call between that one and the pretty blue/green crab.


We stopped for an early lunch at a place that I've never eaten at before.


True story. Even though I've lived in Columbia for over half my life, I had never had a piece of fried chicken from Zesto. I'm not sure how I made it that long without their delicious chicken.


From there, it was off to my friends' gender reveal party...


... & it's a girl for Kayla & Jayson!


Sunday was spent in the kitchen. Patrick and I made my Cheddar, Garlic, & Black Pepper Biscuits for breakfast. I threw together some pimento cheese that afternoon {with the intention of taking some of it to Kiawah this weekend... assuming it doesn't disappear between now and then} and we cooked a pot roast in the crockpot for supper. Sundays were made for good food!

We're off & running on another week - happy last week of June, y'all! Anyone else ready for the best month of the year? July, I see you and I'm ready for you!

23 June 2017

Five on Friday!

Wow - the first three weeks of this month have flown by!

Anyone else feeling that way, or is it just me? It's crazy to think that we'll be headed off on our 4th of July vacation in one week. Y'all. July is NEXT WEEKEND. How did that happen?

Linking up with April for another Five on Friday!

{one}
Our mid-week date night this week was a night at the All Star Home Run Derby at the Fireflies stadium Monday night. It was a cool, cloudy night and we scored some great barstool seats in the outfield. We had a good view of all the little kids trying to catch the home runs flying out of the park.


{two}
I may have purchased a new Columbia Fireflies t-shirt {finally!} while we were there Monday night.


It might be a Tim Tebow shirt.

{three}
I asked ya'll on Instagram earlier this week about whether or not I should get a Clarisonic. It was an overwhelming YES. Now the question is: which one?!

{four}
Our front living room is on it's way to a new look. We worked with our interior designer {she also did this room at the beach house} on picking out a couch and fabric for it. We have now officially ordered our first piece of new furniture for that room.


We want to buy two more chairs {they'll be done in the top fabric} and a new rug for the room, but we're hoping that we can get back into the furniture building and build a coffee table and TV stand. Stay tuned!

{five}
It's been all craft beer on Magnolia & Main lately, but let's chat about this new wine I was introduced to last week. It's a Pinot Grigio Rosé.


It's fantastic. It's delicious, inexpensive {$10 a bottle}, and has a screw cap top... which basically makes it perfect for tailgates in the fall. Because yes, I'm already counting down the days {71!} until football season and tailgating are back in my life.

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Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

21 June 2017

#SummerOfFun Bucket List

Oh hey, First Day of Summer!


It feels only slightly ridiculous to talk about today being the first day of summer when it's been summer around Columbia for the last two months. I was in the ocean in April and the closed toed shoes have been packed away for months.

Patrick and I have big plans for our summer this year. This is the summer that we've deemed "summer of fun" and we're on a mission to make the most of it.

Celebrate July 4th on Kiawah.



There is no better place to be on the 4th than Kiawah and I'm especially excited for this year because my two favorite people to celebrate the 4th with are making it back to Kiawah this year after a brief hiatus last summer.

Take a mini-vacation to Charleston.



All I want for my birthday this year is a trip down to Charleston. Two days in the Holy City to play downtown with my camera, to pop into a brewery or five, and to toast #29 on the Vendue Rooftop Bar. Patrick just booked our hotel for this one and I'm counting down the days until we go!

Watch the Solar Eclipse.
Have you heard? Columbia is the place to be on August 21 this year when we get almost 3 full minutes of a solar eclipse. They're predicting one million people will come to Columbia for the event.

Mid-Week Happy Hour(s)



We get a big ol' checkmark for this one already. Patrick and I have been focusing on getting at least one happy hour a week for the two of us and one happy hour with our respective friends. Summer was made for catching up with friends and each other over drinks, right? Right.

Hang out with the Fireflies.



So far this season, we've been to 3 games plus the All Star Home Run Derby and we've got plans to go to a game this Friday with friends. I may have even upgraded my Fireflies t-shirt and purchased a #15 shirt {because we all love #15}



Visit Asheville.



Patrick and I are celebrating our anniversary in Asheville this year and we'll also be spending a weekend up there with his family. I see quite a few breweries in our future and hopefully a tubing trip down the river {like Kristina did}!

Hang out at even more breweries.



Charlotte breweries to celebrate the end of tax season = check & check & check!
Cornelius brewery to celebrate our favorite Parker = check!
Charleston breweries for my birthday = on the calendar
Asheville breweries for our anniversary = on the calendar
AND
More Charlotte breweries in August before a wedding = on the calendar!

Will we get brewery'd out? Check back with me in August and see.

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Hello, #SummerOfFun! Stay tuned for our summer adventures :)

20 June 2017

The Great Disappearing Act

I know, I know, it's been crickets over here lately on Magnolia and Main. I've heard from quite a few of you about that silence and you're right: it's time to get back to blogging on a regular basis.


I miss blogging. You'd think with all the extra daylight hours {the picture above was taken at 9:15 this past Saturday night} that we have right now that I'd be able to find the time to squeeze in a post or two. Nope.

If I haven't had time to blog, what have I been up to?

I haven't ever shared what I actually do or the company that I work for on my blog before. That's mainly because there are creepy internet stalkers out there and because there are some things I've wanted to keep private. But, there's a good chance that changes and I'll share what I'm doing here. It's a little more public and known outside of my family and friends. All of that is to say that work has been crazy busy, crazy good, and crazy exciting lately.

Patrick {and my parents} got in on the work fun at the Fig Columbia Summer Issue Launch Party last week.


My mom and I discovered our new favorite rosé: Mirabello Pinot Grigio Rosé.


I spent the entire weekend this past weekend out on Lake Murray. Saturday was spent working at pro wake boarding event out in Chapin {see more about that here!} and Saturday evening was spent celebrating a double-retirement at our friends' lake house in Lexington.


Caroline did such a great job planning the surprise retirement party for her parents!


We all did our part and celebrated with them late into the night.


I snuck off during the party to head down to the dock. My reward? I caught this gorgeous sunset.


Patrick and I hit another area out on Lake Murray when we went to hang out at his parents' house on Sunday for Father's Day. It doesn't take much to make me happy, but a bacon wrapped filet usually does it every time.


& boat rides. I'm not sure who was happier out on the boat: me or Teddy B.


Ok, here's where I need your help: what blog posts do y'all want to see on here soon? You're spared from the running posts {because it's too dang hot} and the football posts {for another two months} but what do you want to see? Columbia things? Recipes? Brewery fun? Let me know!

13 June 2017

Weekending in the Outer Banks

Whew.

Anyone know how the long the drive is from Columbia to Nags Head?

LONG.

Everyone told us that the drive out to the Outer Banks is rough and they were not kidding. It makes me all the more appreciative of the short drives that we have to Charleston, Kiawah, and Edisto. The drive to the Outer Banks was well worth it though.



The beach at the Outer Banks is gorgeous. It's really, really, really different than the beach that we like to frequent around South Carolina. The waves were enormous and the water was crazy rough. None of us got in it while we were there. Granted, that's because the water was freezing cold and because they had all of these handy little "NO SWIMMING" flags flying up and down the beach.



Patrick and I had rented a house with a few friends just two blocks from the beach, so we took a quick walk down to the beach Friday morning before breakfast. Sunny, clear blue skies and an empty beach what more could you ask for?



After breakfast at The Dunes restaurant and a quick trip to JCrew Factory {because I can't not go when I see one} we headed down to the beach for the rest of the day. I might have had to get a new accessory for this beach trip:



A new sand spiker! These things are a must for me now at the beach. The drink holder things on the side of beach chairs never work, but this thing works great.

Later that afternoon, after we were all cleaned up from the beach, we walked down the street to our friends' Rehearsal Dinner. Rob and Kate threw an excellent party the night before their wedding complete with delicious food, new friends, and a lot of fun times.



Sarah and I rocked the white pants while Patrick and Rob rocked some sort of bro-hug. I'm not entirely sure what's going on there...



Patrick and I were up again early Saturday morning {thank you, 5:30am sunrise} and decided to pick up a few Duck Donuts before heading to Duck, NC for a quick visit. We have heard a lot about Duck from some of our good friends and we wanted to see what the fuss was all about.


We're just sad that we didn't have time to get out and explore! We drove north to Duck and into Corolla before turning around to get back to Nags Head for lunch. Would we go back to Nags Head again? Jury is still out on that. Would we go to Duck or Corolla? 

Ab-so-lutely.

We could not get over how skinny the island got! The picture below is from the passenger seat of the truck with no zoom. That's how close we were to the water and if you looked out the driver side window, you could see the beach on the other side.


We ate a quick lunch here:



C'mon. You knew that I was going to make it to a brewery, right? This one happened to be the first wind powered brewery in America and it also had good beers and good food. After lunch, it was back to the beach!


Y'all. I found my favorite summer beer in a can! I'm always on the hunt for good craft beers in a can during the summer because you can't have glass on the beach. Patrick and I stopped by the store last week to pick up the Goose Island 312 and stumbled across a Goose Island Summer Session Pack: 312, 4 Star Pils, IPA, aaaand Summertime Kolsch! I was one happy girl.


How about some pre-wedding four wheelin' fun? Kate surprised Rob with a 4 wheeler as a wedding present, and we brought it over to the wedding for them to use as their getaway vehicle after the reception.

The wedding itself was on a pier in Nags Head and it was absolutely gorgeous. Windy as all get out, but such a beautiful location!




I definitely lost the fight with the wind. I also lost the fight with my favorite pair of wedges {that I think I've had since high school? early college?} and they bit the dust as soon as we walked into the reception. But, when you're at a wedding on a fishing pier, you're going to be very close to something you can use to fix a shoe:


It was a great night celebrating Rob & Kate!


What a weekend y'all, what a weekend.

Patrick and I now have a couple of places in the Outer Banks on our list and we'll be making a return trip for sure. There were a couple of things that we wanted to do {Wright Brothers Museum and Bodie Island Lighthouse} that was bailed on for beach time so... yeah, we'll be back.
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